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Premonition (1972)

PG | | Horror | 8 November 1972 (USA)
Red flowers cause three college students to have deadly premonitions.

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Credited cast:
Carl Crow ...
Neil
Tim Ray ...
Andy
Winfrey Hester Hill ...
Baker
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Kilrenny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheryl Adams ...
Susan
Tom Akers ...
Rock Group Member
Lee Alpert ...
Fraternity Brother
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Mike
Diana Daves ...
Female Student
Alex Del Zoppo ...
Rock Group Member
Doug DiGioia ...
2nd Discotheque Owner
Michelle Fitzsimmons ...
Denise
Madelyn Gianfrancesco ...
Girl in Dream
Andy Hare ...
Rock Group Member
Fred Herrera ...
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Red flowers cause three college students to have deadly premonitions.

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Amorphous horror story with an earthy, disorienting creepiness.
10 February 2004 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

A sidestepped horror film mostly noted as an early effort from Alan Rudolph, PREMONITION is a hazy, mystical horror outing which involves a hippie music group taking residence in the pastoral outlands of the San Francisco Bay Area. Various interpersonal hostilities are vented, and numerous doobies passed around before they begin experiencing collective nightmares/hallucinations of impending doom. It's implied that this is a paranormal brain response triggered by exposure to strange red wildflowers, though there may be some nebulous connection to a malformed skeleton unearthed by one of the band members during an archaeological excavation some years earlier.

PREMONITION is a distinctly early-70s product, alight with post-psychedelic artistic pushiness and intermittent brushes of electronic music by pre-famed Harold Budd. It's an ambling, occasionally intriguing work of psychotomimetic vagary, and probably too experimental and ambiguous for mainstream audience appreciation. While the film has definite handicaps, primarily with pacing and concatenation, it does possess a gauzy "will-o'-the-wisp" eeriness which is unique and variably effective.

Possibly the most tranquil horror film you'll ever see...it's a peculiar one, to be sure. 4.5/10


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